Jobs slashed after population drop

30th May 1997 at 01:00
JAPAN: The ruling Liberal Democratic party plans to shed 5,000 teaching posts in elementary and junior high schools during the next financial year, with further cuts later.

It says the number of school-age children is declining and that more schools are recruiting generalist rather than specialist teachers which reduces the total required.

The reductions have been criticised by the teachers' union, which has argued for maintaining existing levels of recruitment in order to ease overcrowded classes. Many schools have more than 45 pupils per class.

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